I enjoyed our first spooky stream of the Summer of Spooks. I feel that it was a success. I had people chatting and interacting with the stream. Thimbleweed Park is such a great mystery game with elements of puzzles and comedy. I can’t wait to return to this game to see where the story goes. I will have more weird, horror games upcoming for the Summer of Spooks.
Throughout the Summer of Spooks, we will do streams that feature games that have elements of horror and mystery. This is our first stream for our spooky event. The game we are featuring today is Thimbleweed Park. The game is a murder mystery that has a great sense of humor. Stream starts at 3:15 p.m. central time on Twitch at robertfrowniejr.
This will be episode 3 of Ghost of Tsushima. I’m trying to wrap up act 1 of the story, while grinding mythic tales and tales of Tsushima. I’m enjoying the mythic tales the most. They seem so ethereal and otherworldly. The stream starts by 9:10 a.m. central time.
I am featuring Riki-Oh on the Summer of Spooks because it is a gruesome anime OVA. It is violent and it doesn’t hold back with its brutality. Riki-Oh began as a manga series that ran from 1987 to 1990. The manga series spawned two anime OVAs as well as a live-action film that released in 1991. Originally, my intention was to review the live-action film that’s titled, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. The film is a cult classic that’s not available anywhere. Prime Video, Crackle, and Shudder advertise that they have the film on their sites. After checking, the film is unavailable. The film is on YouTube, but the quality is poor. For now, I’m going to review the two OVAS until I can get a copy of the live-action film. I’m going to review The Wall of Hell (first OVA) today and save The Child of Destruction (second OVA) for a later date. These OVAs are available on YouTube with good quality.
The first OVA is directed by Satoshi Dezaki. The short film begins in a post-apocalyptic Japan that has been ravaged by warfare and global warming. We are introduced to Riki-Oh, who seems to be a homeless lone wolf. A car filled with yakuza members are driving down a road, then Riki-Oh absolutely destroys them with his fists. He literally punches a guy’s jaw off and we are able to see this grotesque feat. As we see later on, Riki-Oh intentionally killed these yakuza members in order to get sent to this prison facility. The prison facility is ran by corrupt leaders who secretly run an opium farm for profit. The leaders have certain prisoners who run their own section of the jail. The leaders and evil prisoners try to prevent Riki-Oh from getting his revenge on the chairman of the prison. However, they are not able to stop Riki-Oh and his superhuman abilities.
This OVA is not for the faint of heart. Riki-Oh destroys these vile prisoners with absolute ease and gory kill sequences. He literally punches a man so hard that the man’s guts explode out of his stomach. I feel like this anime perhaps inspired Mortal Kombat and One-Punch Man. Its influence is clearly felt in the subjects that I mentioned above. There are also very innocent people in this story that meet a doom that they don’t deserve. One of them is a child, so be prepared for how twisted this story is.
The anime short does give Riki-Oh an interesting story arc that makes him this mysterious character similar to Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive or Clint Eastwood’s character in High Plains Drifter. The story clearly explains why Riki-Oh is at the prison. He’s there for revenge. However, the mystery is what Riki-Oh was up to for two years. He was a star student and a brilliant musician. Before college entrance exams, he falls off the face of the earth, then pops up at the prison. The mystery is up for interpretation for viewers. It feels as if Riki-Oh has become this being of vengeance, who’s looking to cleanse the evil in the streets of Japan.
To conclude, Riki-Oh: The Wall of Hell is a brief, yet entertaining anime story. I can’t wait to watch the second OVA to see Riki-Oh’s story continued. I recommend the OVA for martial arts fans and fighting game fans. If you like gore too, check this out.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.
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Do you like horror? We do! The Summer of Spooks is upon us. Be prepared to get scared! Horror film reviews, comic book reviews, and games are coming your way. Please join us for the event that’s going from May 31st until September 22nd (end of summer). Insert evil, maniacal laugh.
Yesterday was a decent day for gaming. I streamed Ghost of Tsushima that morning. I made a clip that’s my favorite out of all of the ones that I’ve made so far. I recorded a bear throwing a Mongol off of a cliff. It was frightening, yet hilarious.
I also got a new clip uploaded to YouTube of me winning a squad match on Fortnite with my family. It’s always fun when you get to play with other people. The video is brief and shows the action at the end. I’m learning to make efficient clips via the Playstation editing tool. I’m going to keep clips uploaded every 5 days. I want content everywhere.
The Mass Effect stream was brief like I said it would be. I did manage to make it off of the Citadel. Now, I’m open to explore the galaxy. There are three different story missions for me to tackle and multiple side missions. I think that I’m going to work on the side missions first.
I also ran a brief Injustice 2 stream with a friend of mine. We ran a few matches together, which is always fun. I’ve gained two new followers due to playing fighting games. I really need to work on my skills and get better. If I do that, I can be more competitive.
Yesterday morning, I streamed Injustice 2. I streamed for 2 hours. I gained 1 new follower and plenty of views for the video. I’ve realized before that Injustice 2 needs to be my main game to stream. I think I’m going to start playing it more often now.
The game does hurt my fingers at times, but I’ll get used to it. It’s worth it with people watching. I still have plenty of practice to do to get good at the game. My goal is still to get all characters to level 30 or at least a few. It will take a while, but my gain me new followers/views.
Last night’s stream was L.A. Noire. I did achieve my goal of wrapping up the traffic desk. I can’t wait to work in the homicide division again. The homicide desk is after the traffic desk. So far, I have five-star ratings for all of the desk assignments that I’ve completed. I feel like getting all of the questions correct will give me the full details of the game’s plot. I can’t wait for the next episode.